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Redirect URLs with Your Hosting Account

Date Submitted: 2-25-2014

A redirect automatically sends your website's visitors to a chosen destination, either a different location within the same site or a new site entirely. For example, you can redirect visitors from your domain root to a content sub-directory, such as a blog.

Content (files and folders) under the redirect path can be redirected to the destination domain root or the same path on the destination domain or not redirected at all.

To Redirect URLs with Your Hosting Account

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Web Hosting.

Click one of the following, based on the type of hosting you have. You can tell this by the second word in your hosting's description beneath your hosting account's domain name, e.g. Deluxe Web correlates to Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel).

Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel)

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.

    NOTE: Our Windows Web Hosting accounts do not offer URL redirects.

  2. From the Settings menu, select URL Redirects.
  3. Click the New Redirect button. The New Redirect window displays.
  4. Enter the domain from your account you want to redirect. If you want to redirect all of the domains in your hosting account, check the All domains on this account. Otherwise, enter the directories containing the sites you want to redirect in the Path field.
  5. Select whether or not you want all instances of your site with or without www. to be redirected. When you're finished, click Next. The To window displays.
  6. Select if the destination site is http or https and enter the domain name you want to redirect to, as well as the path, if applicable. If the path box is left blank, it will redirect to the root of the domain you entered. Click Next. The Type window appears.
  7. Select which kind of redirect you want to use.

    NOTE:Redirects can be permanent (a 301 redirect) or temporary (a 302 redirect). Redirect type is communicated to browsers and search engines through the redirecting site's HTTP response. Search engines treat 301 and 302 redirects differently. For more information on redirect pages see What are 301 and 302 redirect pages?.

  8. Select your content redirect option. This option decides the behavior of your Site Redirect when a visitor goes to a content path of your domain name, such as http://coolexample.com/path.
    • Match path redirects visitors to the same content path of the target domain name. For example, when a visitor goes to http://coolexample.com/path, they are redirected to http://mycoolestdomains.com/path.
    • Root redirect redirects visitors to the root of the target domain name, ignoring the content path. For example, when a visitor goes to http://coolexample.com/path, they are redirected to http://mycoolestdomains.com.
    • No redirect does not redirect visitors when they go to a content path. For example, when a visitor goes to http://coolexample.com/path, they are not redirected and load http://coolexample.com/path.

Your domain will now be redirected with the options you selected. The redirect can take up to 24 hours to be completed. If you want to change or delete your redirect, simply select the redirect and click Edit or Delete in the toolbar.

Linux (cPanel)

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  2. In the Domains section, click Redirects.
  3. Complete the following fields, and then click Add:
    • Type — Select the type of redirect you want. This matters mainly for search engine indexing.
    • Select the hosted domain you want to redirect, or select All Public Domains, and then enter the path which you want to redirect.
    • redirects to — Enter the URL where you want to redirect, e.g. http://coolexample.com/directory/.
    • www. redirection — Select an option for whether or not you want to redirect the URL with or without the www. prefix. For example, if you want to redirect coolexample.com but not www.coolexample.com, select Do Not Redirect www..
    • Wild Card Redirect — Select Wild Card Redirect if you want to redirect all files within a directory to the same filename in the new directory. For example, coolexample.com/photo.jpg would redirect to coolexample.net/photo.jpg. If you do not select Wild Card redirect, coolexample.com/photo.jpg would redirect to coolexample.net.

Windows (Plesk)

Plesk accounts cannot forward specific URLs off of a domain name, e.g. http://coolexample.com/test.html to another URL. However, Plesk can forward domain names to specific URLs.

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
  2. Click Add New Domain.
  3. In the Hosting Type section, select Forwarding.
  4. In the Destination Address field, enter the URL you want the domain to forward to.
  5. Select any other options you want to use, and then click OK.
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